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Governing Bodies

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Updated: 13/02/2017

Document Added - Governors' Newletter Spring 2017

Updated: 21/09/2016

Document added: Autumn 2016 Governor Training Programme and Letter

Updated: 12/08/2016

Document added: What do governors do?

Governors are volunteers who spend about 4-8 hours a month reading papers, meeting with school staff and other governors, visiting the school to observe lessons and activities or monitor other aspects of the school and undertaking training for the role. They work together as a corporate body for the benefit of the school and its community.

School governors have a wide range of responsibilities. They help to raise the standards of pupil achievement and plan the school's future direction. Governors are also accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community. In a well-managed school, the headteacher and governing body will work in close and balanced partnership. Governing bodies should carry out their functions in a largely strategic way and set out principles, strategic plans and policies for the school.  They should act with honesty and integrity in the best interests of the school at all times and be ready to explain their actions and decisions to interested parties, including staff, pupils, parents and the local community. This should help to ensure that governing bodies are accountable for their actions.

The three core governor roles are defined in the Governors' Handbook as:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent;

The National College for School Leadership has identified the following additional roles

  • Ensuring leadership complies with statutory regulations;
  • Engaging stakeholders

Although volunteers, governors are an essential part of the leadership of the school and are accountable to Ofsted.  Governing bodies have a statutory responsibility to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school, including its compliance with legislation.  It is not the governing body's role to intervene in the day-to-day management of the school, unless important weaknesses have been identified, and then there is a duty to intervene but they are expected to have a good understanding of the strengths  and development areas for their school and  challenge where necessary. Ensuring compliance with statutory regulations covers a wide variety of topics but a key area is safeguarding and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff.

Service Features

These include:

  • Governor Development and Training
  • Governing Body Clerking

Contact Details

Telephone: 020 8583 2643
Email: karen.harrison@hounslow.gov.uk or governingbodies@hounslow.gov.uk